UAL/AMR to seek dismissal of 9/11 lawsuits


Aug 20, 2002
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UAL Gets Court OK To Pursue Dismissal Of Some 9/11 Suits
CHICAGO (Dow Jones)--UAL Corp. (UAL), parent of United Airlines, on Tuesday received bankruptcy court approval to join a group of defendants in a motion to dismiss some lawsuits related to the Sept. 11 attacks.
United, owner of two of the four hijacked planes used by terrorists in the attacks, previously was unable to participate in the action due to certain restrictions triggered by its bankruptcy filing late last year. The company went before Judge Eugene R. Wedoff to have those restrictions lifted.
United now will join AMR Corp.''s (AMR) American Airlines, owner of the other two hijacked planes used in the attacks, and several others including a number of airport security firms in a Jan. 17 motion to dismiss lawsuits related to damage and casualties on the ground in New York City and the Pentagon.
The group of so-called aviation defendants contends that they should have no legal responsibility for victims not aboard the involved planes. The consolidated suit was filed on behalf of both passengers on the planes as well as a number of ground victims.
More than 3,000 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when four hijacked jetliners crashed into the two towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a rural area in Pennsylvania.
According to court documents, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is set to rule on the motion on April 14.